Officials: 13 Dead In NYC Tour Bus Accident

NEW YORK – Thirteen people died Saturday when a tour bus traveling down a major highway in the Bronx was clipped by a tractor trailer, flipped onto its side and was sliced in half by the support pole for a large sign, authorities said.

The wreck left a scene of carnage and closed the southbound side of Interstate-95 for hours while emergency workers attended to critically injured survivors.

Police began a hunt for the driver of the tractor trailer, which did not stop after the crash, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

The bus, operated by the charter company World Wide Tours, was headed to Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood carrying a full load of passengers returning from the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

As it entered the city at around 5:30 a.m., it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer, Browne said. The bus began swerving, toppled and crashed into the support post for a highway sign indicating the exit for the Hutchinson Parkway.